Con­wire: a con­tin­u­ing story

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Few com­pa­nies can claim an in­nings as long as Sydney-based ca­ble maker Con­wire. Orig­i­nally formed in 1939 with the aim of man­u­fac­tur­ing bobby pins, the firm’s fo­cus shifted dur­ing WW2 when it was al­lo­cated a con­tract to make Bow­den Ca­bles by the De­part­ment of Air­craft Pro­duc­tion and Min­istry of Mu­ni­tions. Us­ing self-built ma­chin­ery, Con­sol­i­dated Wire as it was then known sup­plied ca­bles for Mos­quito and Beau­fort air­craft. Af­ter the war, War­ren Wright, an avid mo­tor­cy­cle en­thu­si­ast and son of founder Frank Wright, joined the com­pany and they be­gan to as­sem­ble mo­tor­cy­cle and bi­cy­cle ca­bles. Ca­bles were sup­plied to all com­peti­tors in the 1954 Redex Mo­tor­cy­cle Trial. As well as sup­ply­ing bulk ma­te­rial to other com­pa­nies, ca­bles were pro­duced for the lo­cally-as­sem­bled Mor­ris Mi­nor and Ox­ford and later Mor­ris Ma­jor and Austin Lancer, as well as the new Victa lawn­mow­ers. Trad­ing in the last sixty-0dd years as Con­wire, the com­pany still has a mas­sive list­ing of ca­ble spec­i­fi­ca­tions for mo­tor­cy­cles stretch­ing back to the vet­eran era, and can make vir­tu­ally any­thing to order. Com­pany prin­ci­pal Len Cook says, “To­day there are many ca­bles avail­able from Asia which don’t come up to scratch in terms of ma­te­rial qual­ity and per­form very poorly. We pride our­selves on our qual­ity and ser­vice and can han­dle ev­ery­thing from one-offs to large pro­duc­tion runs.” Con­wire is lo­cated at Unit 10, 14 Sheri­dan Close, Milperra NSW 2214. Phone (02) 9774 2155 or see www.con­wire.com.au

LEFT Len Cook from Con­wire and (below) a Con­wire ad from the 'fifties.

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